Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)


“17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…


Wooo! Okay, I finally got some reading done in the last few days and I have to say I really enjoyed Hunting Lila. I’ve been in kind of a paranormal YA mood lately and this book hit the spot. Lila has special mojo, i.e., the girl can make stuff move with her mind (telekinesis). For three years she has kept this secret from everyone, including her older brother and his friend Alex, who she has been in love with since she was five. But that all changes when she gives her brother an unexpected visit at his Marine base in California. The kicker about her brother, his friend, and their Unit? They were taught to hunt and capture Lila’s kind. Yeah, bet you didn’t see that little tid bit coming, eh?

I really enjoyed this book because one, I liked the twists and turns that happened on every page. I never once could predict what was going to happen next and I loved that fact. Two, the storyline was always moving and there was never a dull moment or an unnecessary page of pointless info. Lila was a good character. A little immature but good all the same. I thought her infatuation with Alex was cute, especially her inner dialogue when it came to him. Alex had to be my favorite though. He was level headed, sweet, and just overall an awesome addition to the story. I especially like how his and Lila’s relationship grew through every chapter, giving us a back story on them. Next we have Jack, her brother. To be honest, that little bastard kind of annoyed the living crap out of me. He was way overprotective, too set in his ways, and acted like everyone, especially his sister, was beneath him. I didn’t like that he was secretive and didn’t really treat his sister in the way she deserved. He was the only sore spot in this book.

The story had a great setup for book two and, again, I loved the mind blowing twists this puppy had. Which is a very hard thing to find anymore. The reason I can’t really expand on the specs of book more is because if I tell you one little piece, the whole thing could be ruined for you. And I really don’t people to get mad if they read a spoiler, so…yeah. But if you like X-men and secret government organizations with a touch of romance, then this little gem is definitely for you!

Hunting Lila = 4 Psygen stars (you’ll understand when you read the book)


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